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Walk with me. We probably should stay separated by 6 feet, according to the coronavirus task force, but that’s OK. There’s lots of space in the outdoors.

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As your candidate running to represent all of you to advocate for your needs for safety, equality, equity and justice at your home, work, school and play, I am very concerned for you during this pandemic of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is endangering people worldwide. I am deeply concerne…

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At UPMC, we continue to move forward in implementing our COVID-19 response measures. Our testing capabilities are rapidly increasing, and we have expanded our testing footprint beyond Pittsburgh, opening locations in Altoona, Erie, Harrisburg and Williamsport. 

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We just received a cancellation notice for our campsites at Seven Points for April 19 to 25. That’s an Army Corps of Engineers Federal campground and isn’t managed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All state campgrounds are also shut for the foreseeable future.

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We are rather quickly approaching the time of year when we are going to start seeing a whole lot of kittens. Warm weather typically means the adult cats are out having a good time and will inevitably bring us the consequences of those good times.

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Kings Gap Environmental and Education Center canceled all activities from March 13 until April 30 due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. All other Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) programs including training, events and all public programs at state parks t…

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I browsed through a copy of Fly Fisherman magazine the other day, and found an ad for Off insect repellent, which isn’t unusual. However, instead of DEET, Off now contains Picaridin. I like Picaridin because it’s a safe product, but still extremely effective against mosquitoes and ticks, alo…

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With the complete understanding that everyone must earn a living somehow and with all due respect, this Nik Wallenda fellow has got to be stopped!

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(The following account is based on a true experience. There will be naysayers who declare the story false, but they are mistaken. Although it may sound far-fetched, even unbelievable, rest assured that those persons involved, being of sound mind and good repute, have given their oath, with h…

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Some friends have been coming to the farm on Sunday afternoons to shoot some clay targets. Last week, six showed up and each shot 50 rounds, so that was about 300 targets. We’ve been using the newer White Flyer biodegradable orange clays, and sometimes picking up the whole missed targets tha…

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When he’s placed into the kennel and the cage door shuts behind him, he barely blinks. He’s got a blanket, he’s warm, food shows up shortly thereafter, so he can’t really complain.

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No matter what people do for a living, it’s a sure bet that they take some components of the job with them even when they’re not “on duty.”

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It felt warm enough the other day to sit on the front porch and drink a cup of coffee. In fact, I drank two cups, lingering with the dog and two cats, enjoying the warmth.

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When I was maybe 10 or so and as inquisitive as most kids, I sometimes had trouble understanding things that, to my immature, undeveloped, childish mind didn’t make sense.

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February was called the dying month and some tribes called it the month of the hunger moon.

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The seemingly endless dreariness of this winter has been a bummer for sure. While we haven’t been “snowed in,” we’ve surely had more than our share of damp, rainy days.

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I usually wait for the third snowstorm of the season before I start tying flies and working on our fishing tackle for early spring fishing. But, this year I don’t know exactly when to start. The groundhog didn’t see its shadow and I can’t remember when the last snow laid. We also haven’t had…

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Pennsylvania ranks in the top 10 in tax burden among all states, according to the Commonwealth Foundation, and there have been five tax hikes in the past 11 years.

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The Great American Outdoor Show began last Saturday at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. George and I drove up last Saturday to see if we could find something new, renew some old friendships, and more or less, see many of the exhibits and outfitters and dream a little about future hunting…

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The plan was set. I’d get up at 6, mosey downstairs, fix a cup of coffee and warm up a fresh sticky bun to enjoy while I watched the silliness that is Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney. Thank goodness for PCN!

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Tax season is upon us. Forget the other four seasons- spring, summer, fall and winter. Officially, tax season starts Monday, and it is often the most dreaded season of the year. There is no reason for people to dread tax time, however. The local Chambersburg TaxAide program is here to help a…

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Recently, an item in an area police news roundup noted that authorities were looking for a man wanted for acts of sexual violence along with other forms of violent behavior. The piece listed the man’s features, you know, height, weight, eye color, and included that he has a visible tattoo of…

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The Great American Outdoor Show will soon begin a nine-day run at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Beginning Feb. 1, the show opens with more than 1,100 exhibitors with everything for the outdoorsman/woman, including outfitters for fishing and hunting trips, boats, recreational vehicles,…

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Although I promised myself I wouldn’t fall for such enticements again, I couldn’t help myself.

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Snow covers the meadow behind our farmhouse, and Ruffles our Springer spaniel sleeps in the reclining chair that squats under a window overlooking the meadow and small creek.

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OK, it’s late at night and we’re all back here because this is where the humans go to type stuff up, and we’re thinking this is the best way to get something into the paper where folks can see it.

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The Farm Show finished its run for another year, so I guess that means spring can’t be far behind.

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It’s been said that the majority of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by the middle of January. Most often, resolutions are tied to improving ourselves by breaking harmful habits or making beneficial changes to make us and thus our lives better.

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Over the holiday season, I got the chance to meet my 8-month-old niece for the first time, ever! She is the first grandchild in the family and it was such a joy to be introduced to our newest member.

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All the years we lived on the stone house farm, a cock pheasant challenged our vehicles as we drove down the farm lane on January mornings.

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About a year ago, I was fortunate enough to have been sworn in to represent the people of the 193rd Legislative District in the state House of Representatives. I often reflect on the responsibility you have entrusted to me and want to take a moment to renew that commitment.

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We’ve been chatting about 2020 trips, but with the New Year, it’s probably time to do some serious planning. Winter solstice is behind us, although there’s a lot of winter still ahead.